Below is a snapshot of the long term vision and goals for transportation, followed by immediate legislative initiatives expected in 2012 to advance these larger goals, drafted as a collaborative effort of many environmental groups in preparation for our Environmental Summit. The complete document outlining all resource issues, can be found on our website at www.conservationeducation.org.
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Vision & Goals for a Sustainable Transportation System
Connecticut will have a multi-modal transportation system that provides consumers with appropriate transportation options, reduces vehicle miles traveled, congestion and greenhouse gases, and at the same time spurs transit-oriented development and promotes sustainable land use. The transportation system will be fully integrated into the regional "knowledge corridor," provides easy access to jobs, education, recreation and tourism for all users, and addresses the specific needs of the fastest growing segment of Connecticut's population - our senior citizens.
Some steps we can take in 2012 to help achieve our vision include:
- Provide funding and framework to generate transit-oriented development to support and spur economic development
- Enable new transportation finance mechanisms of dedicated revenue (eg. gas tax, congestion pricing) to fund multi-modal transportation with priority given to repair and maintenance of roads and bridges, public transit and bike/ped investments
- Maintain/increase level of service for public transit, keeping fares reasonable to encourage transit use
- Enact Vulnerable User protections to make our streets safe for all users
- Improve law enforcement agencies' ability to enforce existing ATV laws by 1) requiring registration and 2) forfeiture of the vehicle as a potential penalty. (No new trails for ATV's without maintenance and enforcement funding and staff, safety regulations, and universal registration.)